You like trying new things (and are usually the first to suggest them to others). You are a planner who takes charge and sets the agenda, and you are happiest surrounded by people, whether they’re friends or just exciting strangers. To you, variety is the spice of life—as long as it’s in the calendar. You work hard, play hard, and thrive when your schedule is full. Your energy is contagious to those around you, and it’s important to you to feel like you’ve made something productive out of your day.
Whether it’s proposing a better method for pitching your product or energizing a run-of-the-mill meeting by holding it outside on a beautiful day; you’re always coming up with innovative ideas and implementing them at work. You take the lead making your creative ideas come to life.
Your friends look to you to shake things up, especially when everyone is bored with the usual routine. You’re the center of your social group, continually coming up with fantastic suggestions for new and fun activities.
Your love of adventure carries over into your relationships and family life as well. You love surprises but have even more fun when you’re the one doing the surprising. Whether that’s taking your partner on an unplanned weekend getaway or treating your kids to a pancake breakfast on a Friday morning before school, you know how to keep life exciting.
Super Self Care
Harness the confidence and power you feel in social situations and apply them to taking care of yourself: start a group devoted to something that interests and excites you, whether that’s knitting, roller derby, or learning a language, then set aside time every week to de-stress by doing. Try to find local classes that get you outside with a group learning something new or help you to spend some quality time at home building new skills. Coursehorse.com has everything from pottery classes and comedy workshops to baking and biking. Whether you’re looking to get away or stay in town, Airbnb Experiences is a great resource for all kinds of, well, experiences, from classes to retreats to tours. Whether you want to learn to surf, see a new place through the eyes of a local, or cuddle a bunch of kittens (seriously) there is something for everyone.
Remember: having a schedule that’s packed to the brim doesn’t always mean that you’re being productive and leading a “full life”; sometimes it just means that you’re stretching yourself too thin and wearing yourself out. Your superpower is your ability to be pragmatic, so make sure to check-in and be honest with yourself about whether your schedule is genuinely working for you and your goals. “Busy” people fill in their schedule indiscriminately: organizing your desktop, picking up dry-cleaning, and grabbing drinks with an acquaintance whom you have no real interest in seeing are all examples of this. “Productive” Super Women prioritize their tasks in accordance with their goals and Emotional Wellness needs: nailing a major deadline at work, attending your favorite workout class, and checking in with a close friend who is going through a tough time are examples of this. We pay close attention to what we do with our day and put thoughtful intention into how we fill up our calendars.
If you love to experience the world with your squad, include self-care in your time with them! Make it a point to connect with those you’re closest to in places outside of parties and bars once in a while. A Saturday hike will be refreshing and rejuvenating for everyone, as will a night in for a movie marathon (sheet masks, anyone?). Nourish your connections with some one-on-one time as well. Fun fact: Birds don’t fly in formation just because it looks pretty to humans admiring them from below. They fly together because doing so conserves energy; the V shape they form makes the whole group more aerodynamic, cutting through the sky with less effort per bird. It also keeps them safe—it’s much harder for larger, predatory birds to take on a flock than it would be to pick off one bird flying solo. Together, in formation, birds are stronger, faster, and go farther. Together with your squad, you can be stronger, too.
Strategies for Stressful Times
Sweat it out. During times of stress, exercise can be your best friend—get that body moving and reap the benefits of a clearer head post-workout, plus all those feel-good endorphins that’ll be released. And yes, living room dance parties totally count. If you’re into group classes, sign up for a ClassPass membership, which lets easily you sign up for fitness classes near you without committing to just one workout. If at-home workouts are more your thing, download the Aaptiv workout app and have access to trainers through audio and video straight from your living room.
Ask for help. When you’re comfortable being in charge and making decisions, sometimes asking for help when you need it isn’t even on your radar. Remember: Maybe Superwoman can do it all on her own, but we don’t want to be there for everyone else while we put ourselves last on our list to rescue. Instead, we want to be a super woman–and no super woman is an island. We all need people to turn to in stressful times. As much of a badass boss as you are, it’s good to remember it’s healthy and OK to lean on your loved ones. Call a friend, join a Facebook group of likeminded super women, or seek professional help if you need to. There’s no shame in seeing a therapist or a life coach–some of the most powerful women in the world credit mental health experts for their success.
Volunteer. Putting some of your energy toward helping others will bring things back into perspective while giving you the opportunity to meet new and interesting people. Doing good will feel good, and put some positive vibes out into the universe on your behalf. If you have the time, get your squad together and plan a service trip where you can aid in disaster relief or build houses for the homeless. You can use your leadership skills to volunteer locally by starting a book club at the local library or fundraising for the animal shelter in town. If you have kids, sign up for a committee on their school’s PTA. You don’t have to be PTA president to make a difference in your community.
Tell your friends !
Tell your friends what type of Super Woman you are, and invite them to take the quiz!